Salem's Mission and Vision
We believe that Jesus called his whole church, including Salem, to a "Great Commission." All churches share the responsibility to these words from Christ.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20
The key words and ideas in the “Great Commission” are
- We have an authentic leader in the person of Jesus. No other power on earth can claim our allegiance like he does.
- We are called to assist one another in the journey of faith. The destination of that journey is a working living knowledge of the love of God which we believe is poured out freely on everyone. This is made manifest in baptism.
- We are called into obedient living, but not obedience to a tyrant, but to the God who gives life and love so that we might live freely. What God commands is love.
- We are invited to remember that God is always, always, always, with us.
God gives us the freedom to figure out how we are going to live out the "Great Commission." Each congregation, even each person, has the responsibility to envision this call in their own setting. Here at Salem we Vision it this way.
“The vision of Salem Lutheran Church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all. We will be a servant church. We will worship God through Word and Sacrament, study the scriptures and teach the Christian faith, encourage one another and minister to those in need.”
The key words and ideas of Salem’s Vision are:
Proclaim – St. Francis said “we are to preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” This quote sums us how we see ourselves at Salem. We work to proclaim the good news about Jesus mostly by what we do, not just with what we say.
Serve – “We will be a servant church.” This is the strongest sentence in our Vision Statement and serve is what we do. We believe that by serving others we make a difference in people’s live and bring delight into God’ world.
Worship – Our worship is ancient and modern. The pattern of the service is elegant and deeply traditional. We strive to fill it with energy from the Holy Spirit and trust that the loving presence of God will be felt.
Study – Salem is a place of learning about God’s work in the world and about how you can live your life in harmony with his power. We cherish and support intellectualy inquiry. We celebrate the questions about God and faith as much as we enjoy the answers.
Teach -- On Sunday morning we provide a fun and creative place for children to grow in their awareness of God’s love in Jesus. Our School ministry has provided a high quality place of learning for over 60 years.
Encourage – The bible tells us to encourage one another. One of the greatest gifts we can give to a friend is courage. Courage is the power to be oneself, to do the right thing, to stand firm when others are giving way and to trust God in all. We want this for ourselves and for you.
Minister – We end by going back to the beginning with Service. To minister to those in need means we will become servants for Christ’s sake. The word minister comes from the Latin “minus” which mean “less than” to become a less than another mean to become their servant. We understand that a significant life role as a Christian is to be a servant.